tv [untitled] June 24, 2012 2:00am-2:30am PDT
for entry-level apprenticeships carter. one is $46,000.10 is $143,000. can you clarify that? i cannot understand that line- item very well. that seems like a big pay differential and i was curious as to why. >> i know that the budget analyst is going to -- i think our apprentices were all budget in every way to start in july. >> we have apprentices' budgeted in the general fund and open space fund. deposition's budgeted in the open space fund we inadvertently budget by will positions. but they were never actually scheduled to start until december. whereas the position the mayor's office budget did, they budgeted them for only a partial year.
some of them are budgeted at six months. the budget analysts have actually reduced that line in the budget to take into account the fact that they will only be with us for six months. supervisor kim: completely switching gears to professional service contracts, have you done a study to evaluate your contracting with the zoological society and harding park? >> those are our two biggest personal contracts -- the zoological society is a nonprofit that works with us and helped us maintain this issue. we do pay them for those services. there is actually a committee called those who committee that is a combined committee of zoological board members and recreation and park members. there is a lot of oversight with
respect to how the zoo is managed. and sure the executive director, if she were here, she would tell you they need more, not less. but we are getting it done and is to is showing some strength and visitors are coming back. they have had good numbers this year and we're pleased with that relationship. that agreement came to this board of supervisors and we went from a private clubhouse manager to a nonprofit. we reimburse them for expenses of late, but they have forgotten any profits at all. we saved about $200,000 and we are extraordinarily happy with the relationship and the job they're doing. harding was mobbed during that u.s. open week and because of
some legislation this board approved, we were able to take advantage with a lot of people coming from all over the country and charge appropriately. it is a really productive relationship. supervisor kim: it was great to see the u.s. open on tv and great to see harding park on tv. i have been asking about professional services with all the parks, whether it's more cost-effective to have it in house and i know in many cases it is effective to have outside professional services. >> a very much so. i would note our relationship is a private-public partnership.
they use their expertise as a professional manager of golf courses and clubhouses and special gulf-related events to their strengths, but we could not be prouder of the work to near 61 staff, including our apprentices are doing on the course. supervisor chu: please continue. >> on not sure where i left off. a think we were just highlighting some of the budget initiatives. two other things worth mentioning that i-the call small growth areas in our budget is we have an incredible tradition of putting on for family friendly events around the city. we have the tree lighting celebration at mclaren lodge,
which has grown in scope and we have an event around halloween and an event in golden gate park to celebrate spring. this summer, which you will see out here, we have played a on the green where we bring kids from the neighborhood camps -- play day on the green. we bring them to a carnival type event. this year, we are doing it at civic center and it corresponds with the beginning of olympic coverage and we have some surprises in that regard. we will bring all the kids to civic center for rides and games and enjoy some an olympic fever. we have been doing these events on a shoestring, really without a budget. they are big and significant enough now that we have wanted to make sure we actually had
funding set aside for them to sustain them. we have been borrowing from other pots to cobble and together. wesley, materials and supplies -- we increase -- last week, materials and supplies, we increased our budget by $100,000 which will be helpful for our gardeners and folks in our yard which this time of year, they have to stop working. our capital budget fluctuates by year and thank you to you all for supporting the november 2012 bond which was just in committee a few hours ago. if that ends up being a reality, that would become our big capital initiative for the year. we have some smaller projects we're working on and we have been able to leverage some generous support from the public
utilities commission to actually fix up the boat house which has been closed and shut down for well over a decade. with some funding we hope to get the boat house open and available for the rowing clubs, for some of our own waterfront programming, we are offering kayaking and paddle surfing and other waterfront types of recreation. as has been reported numerous times, we were able to find some funding to do some serious work coy tower which we were proud of. that building has not really had much deferred maintenance investment for decades. several months ago, we hired an architectural resources group based in preservation
architecture to review the building systems and they gave us a thoughtful and detailed road map with how to proceed. the murals have been a cause celeb in the papers. it's one thing to touch up the murals but not take care of the leaky roof which result in water leakage. telegraph hill meets some stabilization. this is a project we're working on during mud slide season. that area has been problematic and we continue our work with ada compliance work, we try to do more to make sure our parks and facilities are as accessible as possible. we are pleased we have some money in the budget to finally close the gap at becker. -- at bodecker. there have been renovations at
balboa park and we're very excited about all the opportunities. we are also very excited to finally address longstanding problem that larsen park where there has not been any adequate playground for many years. we have some funding to continue our work with irrigation. this is important for water savings and it is a staff of efficiency measure. our irrigation systems, many of which are 70 years old or older. two-thirds of our system is operated on manual irrigation. when they break, it costs money and time. frankly, we want to move from manual watering to automated irrigation so we no longer have to have our precious few gardeners holding a host they attach manually from quick coupler to quick coupler. we're happy about that and we
have some need to do court resurfacing. you asked for information on two specific issues one is job creation. we are particularly proud about this. we talked a lot about our apprenticeship program. we hire kids during the summer. i know the learning celebration is going on right now but we hired over 200 kids to be junior and assistant counselor at the summer. it is a partnership that we are proud of and the kids have been great. many of the kids be higher today will end up being recreation leaders and prominent civil servants employed sometime down the road. i did want to mention our camp experience because we have had some conversations about this. we brought 30 kids, many of whom had touched our cherished --
attached are two -- touched our juvenile probation department. this was done under the mayor's leadership. i spent a night with a group up there. it was an amazing program and we end up hiring 10 of those kids. one of them actually does that a prominent position in our department. it was a big success. we have a new program called greenagers which is funded and we have 12 paid intern slots. they do a combination of field work and leadership development. we have another program called the green academy which is a paid intern program. i mentioned the workers through the jobs now program. we are very pleased and we wish we had more granting resources to create jobs. the only other thing i would
note as our bond programs create jobs. the 2008 parks bond, the number is about 3000 workers. two-thirds of which were locally hired. we will see the same economic impact with the 2012 parks bond. lastly, you asked about language access. our primary attraction with non- english language speakers really occurs in our recreation programming. people to speak multiple languages use our parks passively for a variety of reasons. our primary engagement tends to be on the recreation side. we print all our materials and multiple languages and use language lines for any non- english speaker we need to communicate with. this is an area where i would like to see as cultivates and strategies to do a little more.
our programs from the -- so that people really know the programs available, even though we print our scholarship materials and multiple languages, we want them to really know about the opportunities and know how to register and i will say this -- we just completed our summer registration not just for summer camps but for programming. we are showing 10% to 12% growth and it's interesting because we have online registration and drop and registration. we are seeing about a split in how people are registering for our programs. that would be one goal for us on language access.
you have had some long presentations, so i'm happy to take any questions. supervisor avalos: thank you for your presentation and the work on our parks. you are doing a lot with less and we have seen that there has been revenues generated from the park as well. they have come with some controversy and people are trying to come to terms with how our parks can be whole with arlene budget years. we seem to be getting out of those years in the work that we can do with supporting our parks. i have questions about the golf fund and sharp park as well. you probably would not expect to come up here -- we have been
continuing to operate at a loss and major subsidies for our golf programs and i have asked the controller to provide some information about how we are managing our funds and i'm just wondering if you could explain what the current budget has in store for programming and what we can expect -- are we doing -- i believe we are about a million dollars short. >> i am going to let katie ask the final questions -- and we can discuss the issue for more policy perspective. we have some relatively decent news and we have been able to rectify some of our subsidy problems.
>> in the current fiscal year, sharp park, we are estimating year to date that sharp park will need a subsidy of about $150,000. in the budget years, the budget assumes a sharp will have a slight profit of about $99,000. about $100,000 in the budget. the gulf fund as a whole will need a general fund a subsidy in the current fiscal year. in the budget year, the budget assumes a general fund subsidy of 2.4. most of that is related to harding park, not too sharp. supervisor avalos: we have seen
the expenses declined in the sharp park and we have seen a decline in actual participation and rounds played? >> that the national trend. i think -- the answer is yes. all round have declined and there are a number of reasons for it. last year we had some weather challenges and if the last two weeks were any indications, we had a unique experience with having the u.s. open here about one of the benefits to having a long-term pga tour agreement is it will continue to generate incredible buzz. like everything, this is a value judgment. we are blessed with incredible municipal golf courses. these are fantastic, incredible assets. there are people who play golf and there are people who don't, but we do subsidize golf. we subsidize all our recreation.
there is an inherent tension in keeping our golf courses affordable and accessible for public golfers. our rates are really pretty low. for some segments of our populations, are costs continue to increase. but to continue we have the city workers working on our golf courses, there are competing tensions and value jasmines, but when you engage in the conversation, we subsidize golf much less than almost any other form of recreation we provide. we are in the subsidized recreational business. supervisor avalos: our golf program also provides support for the open space, so we are not achieving this level of support. >> in an ideal world, we would generate enough revenue from
gulf where it could support our open space fund. i tend to be a little more optimistic about this. golf as a sport in terms of popularity tends to ebb and flow with the economy a little bit and we have had some tough years. it would be interesting to see what happens in the future. there's a lot of attention with respect to the u.s. open and we had national and international golf meetings it celebrating our of municipal courses. harding is can to -- is considered one of the top golf courses in america. supervisor avalos: harding seems to be our most successful golf courses. >> it is our flagship golf course. it is probably our most popular golf course.
it's the most significant with respect to the -- it's the one that could host a professional event. the other golf courses are used for different events. lincoln is used for high school golf, glen eagles is known to be one of the most challenging nine hole golf courses in america. sharp park not withstanding the large debate the city has been having is and alistair mackenzie designed course that 85 years old and a tent -- and tends to attract seniors. we have not done as good a job at maintaining at as the course deserves. supervisor avalos: it has some
environmental liabilities as well. we know of those. we are going to see a decline this next year. the economy is going to be picking up. it is unclear that we've been in an economic upswing over the past year and at the same time we have seen an upswing in rounds of golf in the city. i'm not clear we are going to see that pick up as the economy picks up yet we will be continuing to see more and more of our general fund covering the cost for golf when the intent has been looking at how a golf can be supporting our parks for the open space fund. we are not quite lining up with the intent on the policy, making sure our policies are in tact and i will be looking at this over the next couple of weeks.
supervisor c: do you have an update in terms of the budget analyst? >> we are prepared to accept them. supervisor chu: to the budget analyst. >> the total recommended reductions for 12-13 are for under 75, 55413-14, its 257 -- supervisor chu: can we entertain a motion to accept the budget analyst recommendation? we will do that without objection. thank you very much for your presentation. given that we have no other outstanding budget analyst recommendations, we will not require the department to come back.
for those two trailing pieces of legislation, those we want to continue through tomorrow. >> good afternoon. with the recreation and park department. we are here to ask for your approval of two pieces of fee legislation. the first item is to be making changes to the gulf fees and these would have two primary components. it what it up day the fees for fleming, golden gate and lincoln to reflect the increase is the department has applied over the past several years as per the park code. second, the legislation does increase resident rates at sharp park by $2 and non-resident rates and sharp is in good a shape right now and we feel it's
appropriate to raise rates out there. this increases president and non-resident rates at harding for $5. we have not raise rates other than by cpi since 2006. since this course is and the best condition it has ever been, we think a rate increase is absolutely justified. this implements' flexible market pricing for all of the department possible courses. currently, flexible pricing is only available at harding and we would like to expand this option to all of the courses. flexible pricing allows for flexible and competitive pricing structures under the proposed provision, the department would be able to offer discounts up to 25% and might increase fees
between 25% for residents and 50% for non-residence. we have found flexible pricing has been very successful at harding and it allows us to take advantage of peak market times such as u.s. open week where we increased the fees of up to $350 a round for golf. it also allows us in times of slow or golfing moments such as after verification or in the middle of winter when things have been particularly rainy, it allows us to discount rates and compete with other private courses like the presidio golf course is to are currently under cutting us. finally, this legislation consolidates seven different part code sections dealing with golf fees into one section for clarity and ease of use. that's a quick overview and i'm
happy to answer any questions. supervisor chu: why we go on to item number four, it professional tennis rates. >> lessons offered by professional tennis instructors, but -- instructors, we have contract with tennis pros to offer tennis lessons primarily at the golden gate park complex. the existing fees are currently so low that we are having a challenging time as is our concessionaire to find pros who are actually willing to offer a lesson that those lake -- at those rates. we have looked at comparable lesson rates given by organizations drop the bay area and we have found we are $30 to $50 an hour below what the other organizations are charging. we are proposing to realign our
cells with the market and to raise our rates between $5.20 dollars based on that category. this will bring us much closer to our competitors but still leaves us below what the organizations are charging for private tennis lessons. this will apply only to professional tennis pros, not to -- the lessons are on tennis pros give attentive the group lessons and these are more focused on individuals. supervisor avalos: were any of those tennis pros once rec and park staff? >> not to my knowledge. supervisor chu: we don't have
any questions at this moment, thank you for your presentation. given we have the agreement with a budget analyst recommendations, we don't require the recreation and parks department return next week. thank you. given we have gone through the recreation and parks department budget, why don't we take a 30 minute break and come back around 1:00. around 1:00. thank you. >> we are back from recess. this is the budget and finance committee. we will pick up where we left off, with department presentations. i do not believe the representatives are here yet. i want to jump ahead to child- support services. >> we are going to need the
overhead. good afternoon. i am the director representing the child support services program for san francisco. thank you for inviting the department to present before you today. in the interest of time, i will keep my remarks brief. the state funding for fiscal year 2013 has been reduced by $494,000. although the state plans to restore the funding to local agencies next year, we are mindful of uncertainties. the budget presented to you today assumes an ongoing reduction in state revenue through fiscal year 2014.